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Tinned .58 Morse Type 1 Cartridge I.E.P.#117
Item #: Z7059
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Z7059 Tinned .58 Morse Type 1 Cartridge I.E.P.#117
Description: Here is an excellent tinned brass .58 Type 1 Morse cartridge. On June 29, 1858, George W. Morse of Baton Rouge, Louisiana was awarded US Patent No. 20,727 for an "Improvement in Cartridges” relating to breech-loading firearms.

This example has a two-pronged tige or anvil that is soldered to the inside of the case wall. A percussion cap was fit over the anvil and a gasket was inserted to hold the cap in place, centered on the anvil. This cartridge is one of the earliest American manufactured centerfire cartridges. These .58 tinned brass examples are thought to be manufactured at the Frankford Arsenal.

This example is as nice as they come. It has a flat tipped bullet with three exposed cannelures. The brass case retains the majority of the original tin plating. The rubber gasket holding the copper percussion cap in place is intact with very little cracking. You would be hard pressed to upgrade this example.

Headstamp: None
Measures: OAL 2.258” CL 1.513” RD .704” HD .582” CM .580” BDaCM .575”
Reference: "The History and Development of Small Arms Ammunition” Hoyem Vol. 2, Pg. 16, No. CFR18A
Reference: "Small Arms Ammunition at the International Exposition Philadelphia, 1876” Lewis Pg. 20 No. 117, Pg. 51 Plate-11 4th Drawer No. 117, Pg. 59 Plate-27 No. 117
Recovered: Ex. George Murphy Collection




Shipping Weight: 0.25 lb
Item # Z7059
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